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Christian T. Fjeld

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Christian is based in our Washington, DC office and is a Vice President of ML Strategies. He assists a variety of clients in their interactions with the federal government.

Prior to joining ML Strategies, Christian spent nearly 10 years in staff leadership roles with the US Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation serving Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV) as the former Chairman, Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) as the former Ranking Member, and Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the current Ranking Member of the committee. During most of his tenure, he was either a subcommittee staff director or senior counsel for at least one of three subcommittees: Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection; Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance; and Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion. His work focused on a broad range of issues, including consumer protection, privacy and data security, cybersecurity, automobile and highway safety, product safety, sports, manufacturing, exports, and trade while regularly interacting with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and the Department of Commerce. His previous position with the Commerce Committee was serving as a majority staff counsel for two subcommittees for former committee Chairman Rockefeller. 

Earlier, Christian held policy coordinator, senior staff, and senior advisor roles with the US House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he worked on matters related to the FTC, NHTSA, CPSC, Department of Commerce, and the EPA.

Christian also served as a senior legislative assistant to US Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) and previously to former US Representative Bill Luther (D-MN), advising each on Energy and Commerce Committee issues.  
 

Education

  • Oberlin College (BA)

Recent Insights

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Viewpoints

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The Implications of Trump's Executive Order and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

June 3, 2020 | Blog | By Christian Tamotsu Fjeld, Christopher Harvie

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Tackling False Claims Being Made for COVID-19 Treatments and Products

March 24, 2020 | Blog | By Christian Tamotsu Fjeld, Joanne Hawana, Karen Lovitch, Joseph Miller, Aaron Josephson

Two weeks ago, on March 9, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent warning letters to seven companies that allegedly made false or deceptive claims about their products’ ability to treat Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  The agencies warned the companies that their health claims lacked credible supporting evidence and emphasized the FDA does not recognize a vaccine, drug, or treatment for the disease.  
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On Wednesday, key Members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), urging the Commission “to take immediate action to protect consumers from price gouging during this [COVID-19] declared public emergency.”  The letter was sent to FTC Chairman Joseph Simons from the chairs of the committees and subcommittees with jurisdiction over the FTC:
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Federal Response to COVID-19

March 16, 2020 | Alert | By Alexander Hecht, Frank C. Guinta, Christian Tamotsu Fjeld, Aaron Josephson, R. Neal Martin, Anthony DeMaio

Read about the federal government’s response to COVID-19, including $8B in emergency funding and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act pending in the House.
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Algorithmic Accountability Act

February 20, 2020 | Video | By Christian Tamotsu Fjeld

ML Strategies’ Christian Fjeld discusses Senator Wyden’s Algorithmic Accountability Act which would direct the Federal Trade Commission to promulgate rules that would establish how companies should assess their algorithmic decision making to ensure that it is not biased or discriminating against classes of people.
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Ethics and Artificial Intelligence

February 20, 2020 | Video | By Christian Tamotsu Fjeld

Christian Fjeld, Vice President of ML Strategies, discusses the possibility of future legislation addressing ethical considerations surrounding artificial intelligence. Christian explains that it will most likely be the courts that determine parameters on AI ethics in society with decisions on individual cases. 
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The View from DC: Expansion of COPPA?

February 7, 2020 | Blog | By Christian Tamotsu Fjeld, Christopher Harvie, Cynthia Larose

Representative Kathy Castor (D-FL) has introduced the Protecting the Information of Our Vulnerable Children and Youth Act (PRIVCY ACT), which is a significant rewrite of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). In so doing, the bill expands the scope of COPPA’s protections and creates new enforcement mechanisms. The children advocacy groups, Common Sense Media and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, have come out in public support of the bill, as has the privacy advocacy group, the Center for Digital Democracy.
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Artificial Intelligence in Health Care

February 5, 2020 | Blog | By Rachel Irving Pitts

Artificial Intelligence is a growing part of our day-to-day life. And AI promises to improve our health care system. ML Strategies Vice President Christian Tomatsu Fjeld recently sat down with other experts for a panel discussion hosted by the San Francisco Business Times to discuss AI and some business and policy considerations across multiple industries. This viewpoint considers some of the impacts on health care specifically, and links out to the panel's discussion.
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The Impact of AI

February 3, 2020 | Article | By Christian Tamotsu Fjeld

Read the transcript of a San Francisco Business Times panel discussion on artificial intelligence, including ML Strategies Vice President Christian T. Fjeld’s insights on emerging regulatory issues.
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News & Press

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Vice President of ML Strategies Christian Fjeld was quoted in an article published by Reuters discussing the increase of price gouging due to COVID-19 and its legality.
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Vice President of ML Strategies Christian Fjeld was quoted in an article published by Legaltech News on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s approval of robotics company Nuro’s request for three exemptions to deploy its fully autonomous car fleet in the United States.
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On December 9, 2019, Vice President of ML Strategies Christian T. Fjeld participated in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Business Table of Experts discussion hosted by the San Francisco Business Times. During the forum, panelists addressed how businesses can leverage AI to drive innovation, the impact AI will have on the economy and on society, and the meaning of artificial intelligence itself.
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In this Q&A published by Legaltech News, Vice President of ML Strategies Christian Fjeld—former lead Democratic Senate staffer tasked with shepherding the American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies Act (AV START Act) through the Senate—discussed why Congress failed to pass the AV START Act, how autonomous vehicles’ complexity isn’t lawmakers’ largest hurdle, and why the data privacy debate may factor into the next autonomous vehicle bill.

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Health Care & Cybersecurity: A Powerful Combination

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